Parenthood
What's Up Doc?
Dear Dr. Vanessa: Doc Told Me I Have a Tiny Cervix

photo by eclaire Every few weeks, Dr. Vanessa Cullins, a board-certified obstetrician/gynecologist and vice president for medical affairs at Planned Parenthood® Federation of America, will be answering your questions here. To ask her your own question, click here. Dear Dr. Vanessa, I’m 24, and have not yet had any children. At my last gynecological exam, […]

Research
Forget the Witch; the Disney Princesses Are Truly Terrifying

photo by hairgeek Disney isn’t necessarily to blame for the princess mania that is currently engulfing our culture in swathes of pink tulle, but they’re certainly making a shit-ton of money off it. As Peggy Orenstein reports in her new book Cinderella Ate My Daughter: Dispatches from the Front Lines of the New Girlie-Girl Culture, […]

News
Should Anonymous Sperm Donation Be Banned?

Is anyone not thinking about sperm donation right now, given the ubiquitous billboards for the movie THE SWITCH featuring Jason Bateman sniffing a cup of jizz? Anonymous sperm donation is now banned in Britain and several other European countries, and some people are pushing for the same to happen here in the U.S. Proponents of […]

Pop Culture
Dating Advice for The Giving Tree's Abusive Relationship

How did we manage to miss this totally awesome quote from Ryan Gosling? In an interview with New York magazine about his upcoming movie BLUE VALENTINE (opening later this year, it’s a portrait of a marriage, co-starring Michelle Williams), he’s asked about his character’s tattoo of Shel Silverstein’s The Giving Tree on his arm, and […]

Polls
Poll: Do You Date Your Parents?

Does your partner (or do your partners tend to) resemble one or both of your parents?survey software Can’t see the poll? Click here to take it.

Research
Will Teary-Eyed, Face-Holding, Baby-Making Sex Become Obsolete?

photo by Blyzz According to a new report in the journal Reproductive BioMedicine (what, you’re not a subscriber?), IVF conception could become routine for thirty-somethings within a decade. Buh-bye, baby-making sex, hello doctor! The report claims that IVF technology is advancing so quickly that soon it will be possible to produce embryos with almost a […]

Personal Essays
Confession: I Don't Want My Parents' Relationship

Mrs. & Mr. Cleaver A college-student contributor friend of ours, who wishes to remain anonymous, has a confession to make: I have never met two people who love each other more than my parents. They get a pre-work coffee together every morning. They never get sick of talking to each other. They complete each other’s […]

Dream Interpretation
Dream Interpretation: My Ex-Husband Gave Birth

Other people’s dreams are never interesting…except when they’re about sex. Each week, our dream analyst Lauri Loewenberg tells one lucky reader what their dirty dream means. This week, a reader asks Lauri: I recently divorced my ex-husband after his not being there for me and his children for many years. I also took back my […]

Dear Em & Lo
Dear Em & Lo: Should I Teach My Goddaughter Sex Ed?

photo by our “wise guy” Figleaf Dear Em & Lo, My goddaughter has reached the age where sexual exploration is something she might be considering delving into (if she hasn’t already). I’m not sure how to approach the issue of birth control with her. If she is wanting to have, or already is having sex […]

Personal Essays
My New Sex Ed Teacher: Mom

A contributor friend of ours, who wishes to remain anonymous, has a confession to make: Until about a year ago, my mother was always very close-minded about sex. I never had “the talk” with either of my parents, and I learned about intercourse and other modes of love making via fellow classmates, porn, and the […]

What's Up Doc?
Dr. Kate, Is Essure a Good Alternative to Getting My Tubes Tied?

photo by Mykl_Roventine Dr. Kate is an OB/GYN at one of the largest teaching hospitals in New York City and she answers your medical questions here every few weeks. To ask her your own question, click here. Dear Dr. Kate, I know I am done having children, but I do not want to go under […]

Confessions
Comment of the Week: The Truth About Sagging Boobs

photo by St_A_Sh I have a Master’s in Lactation Science, so I know what I am talking about when it comes to all things breast: 1) Breastfeeding does not make breasts sag. Pregnancy and genetics cause the lost of elastic tissue, which causes sagging, NOT breastfeeding. If you didn’t nurse your children [i.e. if you […]

Confessions
Comment of the Week: Pro-Choice Means Giving Him a Choice, Too

photo by internets_dairy I’ve always known that I’m in a minority on this issue, but I’m going to voice it anyway. I absolutely believe that if a mother doesn’t want the child and the father does, that she should carry the child to term and he raises the child. Is that “imposing” on the woman’s […]

Your Call
Your Call: Do We Need Male Reproductive Rights?

the seahorse is the only male animal that gets knocked up Dear Em & Lo, The way I see it, there is simply no such concept as male reproductive rights. If your girl gets pregnant and wants to keep the baby, congratulations, you’re a dad! Pay up, sucker. If you want to keep it but […]

News
Penguins Continue to Wage War on Family Values

photo by Paul_Mannix Guess which book, according to the American Library Association, is the title most often requested to be removed from schools and libraries in the U.S.? Give up? For the third year in a row, it’s And Tango Makes Three, which is a guide to building your own bomb while smoking crack and attending orgies […]